Thursday, May 14, 2015

Florida Has Its Warmest April on Record

Statewide temperature rankings for April 2015. Florida had its hottest April on record, and Georgia and South Carolina also had top-ten warmest Aprils. Cool weather was noticeably absent. (Image Credit: NOAA/NCDC) Click to Enlarge.
Florida residents, if you thought April 2015 seemed ridiculously hot, you were right--April 2015 was Florida's hottest April on record, said NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) on Tuesday.  The contiguous U.S. experienced its 17th warmest April since 1895, with the most notable heat in the Southeast U.S., where Georgia and South Carolina also experienced top-ten warmest Aprils on record.  No portions of the country were notably cooler than average.  The year-to-date period January - April ranked as the 20th warmest year-to-date on record.  It was a relatively wet month, ranking in the wettest one-third of the historical record, and portions of the Central U.S. experienced notable relief from drought conditions.  The U.S. Climate Extremes Index (USCEI) for the year-to-date was 40 percent above average and the 15th highest value since 1900. The warm West and cold Northeast temperature pattern during January-April contributed to the much above average USCEI, with the components that measure both warm and cold daytime and nighttime temperatures being much above average.  The USCEI is an index that tracks extremes (falling in the upper or lower 10 percent of the record) in temperature, precipitation and drought across the contiguous United States.

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